News from NZ Police
The search for missing German tourist Christian Ulf Erik Prehn in the Travers Saddle area of Nelson Lakes National Park has found no trace of the missing man.
Teams of experienced searchers and a helicopter crew have spent the last two days scouring the area Mr Prehn was believed to have been in. Searchers were also working in the area earlier in the week but had to retreat when bad weather struck.
Search teams are now completing their final tasks and all are expected out of the area this evening.
Search coordinator Senior Constable Dave Colville said the operation would now go into a limited continuous search phase which will only activate further ground searches when new information comes to light. He thanked the large team of search and rescue volunteers who had given their time over recent days searching for the young man.
News from NZ Police – March 6
The search for the young German tourist missing for almost a week in the Travers Saddle area of Nelson Lakes National Park has resumed this morning.
A backpack belonging to Christian Ulf Erik Prehn was found last Saturday beside a track in the area. Inquiries showed that it may have been there since 25 February.
Three search teams are being flown into the Travers Saddle area this morning and will remain there until they had completed all of their taskings. The searchers are all equipped for an overnight stay if required.
News from NZ Police – March 4
The search for the young German tourist missing in the Travers Saddle area of Nelson Lakes National Park is again being hampered by poor weather. It is likely that teams could resume the search for Christian Ulf Erik Prehn, 19, on Wednesday, if the weather improves.
News from NZ Police – March 3
The search for a missing German tourist in the Travers Saddle area of Nelson Lakes National Park is being hampered by poor weather. It is snowing, and up to 8cm of snow was forecast in the area today with a wind chill factor of -10 deg.
Police say they hold grave concerns for the welfare of the missing tourist. Two ground search teams spent last night at the Travers Hut. One team is searching this morning but both teams are walking out of the area today. Searchers are hopeful of getting back into the area mid week when the weather is forecast to clear again.
News from NZ Police – March 2
Three search teams have spent the day in the Travers Saddle area of Nelson Lakes National Park searching for missing German tramper Christian Ulf Erik Prehn, aged 19.
The search has concentrated in the area where his pack was found on Friday, but searchers have found no trace of him. A helicopter and a dog team have returned to base and two ground teams are spending the night at the Travers Hut.
Search coordinator Senior Constable Dave Colville said the search would continue tomorrow, weather permitting.
He said several people who had been in the area have spoken with Police but so far none have had information about Mr Prehn’s intentions. Police would like to contact a German woman called Angela Bähr who is believed to have spoken with him at one of the huts.
Mr Prehn arrived in New Zealand in October on a one year tourist visa. Police have been in contact with his parents in Germany.
The weather in the area today was good, but heavy rain is expected tonight. Snow fell in the area on Friday.
Anyone with information that may assist this search should call Nelson Police, Ph 03 546 3840.
News from NZ Police – March 1
Department of Conservation staff alerted Police on Friday when they were informed about a tramper’s pack which had been left beside the track on the Travers Saddle. The pack was located today and inquiries with other trampers in the area now suggest it may have been there for up to a week. There have been no reports of anyone overdue from a tramp in the area and Police are very keen to establish who owns the pack.
Senior Constable Dave Colville of Nelson Bays Search and Rescue said inquiries so far suggested that the owner could be Christian Ulf Erik Prehn, 19.
The pack is a grey Lowe Alpine brand and is well-equipped with food for several days, a sleeping bag, clothing, an emergency shelter and other personal items including contact lens solution. Some of the items in the pack appear to be of German origin. The pack also has a rubber ice hockey supporter’s tag for Krefeld Pinguine, a German team.